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Research Sustainability working group


The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

A working group of university Vice Chancellors will provide advice to the Minister for Education about sustainable approaches to research funding for universities during COVID-19 and beyond.

The group will be chaired by Universities Australia Chair and Curtin University Vice Chancellor Deborah Terry and will include: Queensland University of Technology Vice Chancellor Margaret Sheil; University of Melbourne Vice Chancellor Duncan Maskell; University of New South Wales Vice Chancellor Ian Jacobs; University of Tasmania Vice Chancellor Rufus Black; Charles Darwin University Vice Chancellor Simon Maddocks; Monash University Vice Chancellor Margaret Gardner; and, University of Technology Sydney Vice Chancellor Attila Brungs.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the working group would explore alternative models to university research funding and allocation that would operate in conjunction with the Government’s Job-ready Graduates package.

“One of the key challenges in a post-COVID economy will be to provide a sustainable pipeline of funding for research. I want to work with the sector to achieve this,” Mr Tehan said.

“The working group will look at the research pipeline in the higher education system to frame the issue and take initial soundings of possible directions.”